Todd closing in on treble after 62

Dave Tindall
Rotoworld

Recap of the day

Here we go again. Brendon Todd started the day four shots back after a pair of 66s but surely the law of averages suggested his golden streak would come to an end. Not today. Instead, Todd went out and shot Saturday's low round, an 8-under 62, to  jump into a two-shot lead. Three-in-a-row is now a very realistic prospect. "Three-ney Todd slashes rivals" perhaps. Todd's good friend Webb Simpson moved up nine spots and into a tie for second with a 63 while Sebastian Munoz is also T2 thanks to a 66. D.J. Trahan dropped two spots to solo fourth after a 67 while overnight leader Tyler Duncan struggled to follow up his Friday 61, shooting even par 70 to go from two in front to four behind.

Leaderboard: -18 Brendon Todd, -16 Webb Simpson, Sebastian Munoz, -15 D.J. Trahan, -14 Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Ricky Barnes, Tyler Duncan.

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Notables: -13 Scottie Scheffler, Brian Harman, -12 Alex Noren, -10 Russell Knox, -6 Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson.

Low round of the day: Todd’s 62

 

Revised outright betting

5/4 Todd, 5/2 Simpson, 6/1 Munoz, 14/1 Trahan, 33/1 Lee, Duncan, 40/1 Barnes, Scheffler, 50/1 Harman.

 

Sunday weather forecast

It's similar to Saturday with a mix of sun and cloud, temperatures in the low 60s and winds of around 12mph.

 

Leaders at 54 holes

Brendon Todd (62, 194) – Out in 29 and back in 33. The fairways aren't hard to hit but finding 41 out of 42 so far this week (14-out-14 today) is still pretty remarkable. Todd hit 17 GIR and, for good measure, ranks 2nd in SG: Putting thru 54 holes.

Webb Simpson (63, 196) – Seven birdies and 11 pars, the pre-tourney betting favorite got the low one he needed to have a big shot on Sunday. Pelted 17 greens in regulation and signed off with a 27-footer for a closing par breaker.

Sebastian Munoz (66, 196) – Just four birdies but they all counted as the Colombian made par on the other 14. Missed just one fairway and one green although had his worst putting display of the week.

D.J. Trahan (67, 197) – Looked as if it would be him holding the 54-hole lead as he played his first ten today in 5-under. But lost momentum with a bogey at 12 and a walk-off square left him three back. Hit every fairway but missed five greens.

 

Fate of the favorites

Webb Simpson See above

Billy Horschel (67, 141) – Missed cut

Matt Kuchar (69, 141) – Missed cut

Charles Howell III (72, 140) – Missed cut

 

Quotes

Brendon Todd (62): "It was like a video game out there today. Just thrilled with the way I'm hitting it and feeling out there. I fought unbelievably well today. I've had to be so disciplined over the last year mentally about just focusing in on ever shot, that I'm aiming to kind of use that experience to my advantage now."

 

Road to victory at Sea Island

2018 Charles Howell III – R1: 1st, R2: 1st, R3: 1st
2017 Austin Cook – R1: 8th, R2: 1st, R3: 1st
2016 Mackenzie Hughes – R1: 1st, R2: 1st, R3: 1st
2015 Kevin Kisner – R1: 4th, R2: 2nd, R3: 1st
2014 Robert Streb – R1: 48th, R2: 10th, R3: 12th

Notes: Two of the last three winners also led after 36 and 54 holes. In fact, six of the nine overall champions had a piece of the lead going into their closer. Hope for the chasing pack comes from Streb in 2014 and Tommy Gainey in 2012. 'Two Gloves' shot a final-round 60 to come from seven back thru three rounds while Streb was five off the pace.

 

Fate of the 54-hole leaders at Sea Island – where did they finish?

2018 Charles Howell III 1st
2017 Austin Cook 1st
2016 Mackenzie Hughes 1st
2015 Kevin Kisner 1st
2014 Will MacKenzie 2nd, Andrew Svoboda 8th

Notes: Sitting top of the leaderboard after 54 holes has been a good place to be. Each of the last four third-round leaders has gone on to lift the trophy and we can add to that Chris Kirk in 2013. Howell and Hughes held narrow one-shot advantages while Cook and Kisner were both three clear. 

 

Focus on – Seaside Scores

Three of the four rounds are played at the Seaside Course so who has performed best on their two rounds at the par 70 so far? Here's the leaderboard, with Seaside scores in parentheses.

-18 Brendon Todd (-12)
-16 Webb Simpson (-9)
-16 Sebastian Munoz (-11)
-15 D.J. Trahan (-6)
-14 Kyoung-Hoon Lee (-10)
-14 Ricky Barnes (-5)
-14 Tyler Duncan (-9)

Of those at -13, keep an eye on Scottie Scheffler. He's -11 for his 36 holes at the Seaside.

 

Focus on – Brendon Todd

Here we are then, Brendon Todd is now in territory only occupied by the very elite. Tiger Woods was the last player to win three consecutive PGA TOUR events but Todd can match that with victory on Sunday. So where did he stand after round three going into the other two? The remarkable 34-year-old was two back and in second place before going on to win the Bermuda Championship by four with a 62 while he was tied for the lead at last week's Mayakoba before getting it done with a 68. There are many ways of looking at how freaky this is but try this one to get the real difference between Todd and Tiger. Woods was No. 1 at the time (2006) so it made sense. Todd set out on his potential three-win sequence ranked World No. 522!

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